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Dragon's Egg Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mm); Reissue edition (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345316665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345316660
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,950,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
One of the best books I've ever read.
Start with a neutron star, one of the densest things known to man, send humans out to investigate it, discover life on it (under heavier gravity than you could ever imagine with lifes measured in seconds rather than years), and sit back and read what happens - I couldn't put this book down.
It's better than Isaac Asimov, Larry Niven and Arthur C. Clarke all rolled into one.
I hope that they re-release the sequel as well "Starquake".
Just a quick word of warning - this is not a new book - it was released originally 20 years ago and the sequel 15 years ago. The story doesn't date, but just check to make sure it's not already in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 14 Aug. 2013
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As an avid reader of sci-fi - especially 'hard' sci-fi, I loved this book and I recommend it to everybody! I'm becoming a bit of a dragon's Egg bore.

The author's depiction of the human characters is sometimes criticised for being a bit two-dimensional - who cares - the Cheela more than compensate and they are the stars of this story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Captain Kirk on 9 Oct. 2011
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The other reviews summarise this book well,. Its good hard SF, with the implications of the theme well worked out. But the writing is leaden, the characters and speech so badly drawn as too be funny.
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This may be the only book I’ve ever read three times, firstly when it was first published, secondly when the sequel was published (and I decided to re-read the first one), and now once again, many many years later. Lasting memories from the earlier readings were not quite right – as from my memory far more of the novel was about the interaction between the two species, whereas the majority of the action lies with the inhabitants of the neutron star. Still, I enjoyed the book once again. The overall lasting memory, as before, is the difficulties of communication between two sets of beings, one set living their lives a million times faster than the others. Just think how patient you’d have to be when you want answers a million times faster than the person you are questioning!
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By D. M. Steed on 6 April 2007
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In this story a civilisation evolves on a Neutron star under the gaze of a human expedition to study it. There are parallels with our own development in the sense that the creatures which inhabit the star develop a religion and their own version of Jesus Christ who gets crucified for his views in a way unique to the conditions on the star.

I read this book two decades ago and experienced shock and intrigue when I saw an aerial photograph of the millenium dome for the first time: it looks exactly like the crucifixion creature described in Dragon's Egg.

I wonder if the architect of the dome read this book.
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If you're familiar with astronomy or physics and like your fiction to have a unique quality in plot or concept rather than just be a new variation on familiar themes, this book is for you. A spacecraft from Earth visits a nearby neutron star and finds that on the surface not only life but an advanced civilisation has evolved - and they live a million times faster than us. Definitely one of the great sci-fi classics, great storyline and science consistent and well-explained without too much detail, a must for any sci-fi enthusiast. Absolutely brilliantly imagined.
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By A Customer on 4 Oct. 2000
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What a belter of a book! An expedition of humans to a passing neutron star find signs of life on the surface. Only these creatures live 1 million times faster than humans, owing to the conditions on the star. The Cheela, the stars inhabitants, over a few days, accept ALL human knowledge, then soar on, and pass back their new knowledge, most of which is encrypted, as it is so far ahead of our own. A brilliant book, written by a hard scientist, but in a superbly readable form. This out-Nivens Larry, for my money.
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By Joao Carvalho on 8 Dec. 2008
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A true SF novel for the true SF fan!
I love reading all sorts of SF books, even the lighter corny ones with lots of space ships and laser guns, but nothing beats a fictional story based on deep scientific knowledge and tons of imagination.
This book really takes you out of your daily reality and into a totally new realm.
A true masterpiece!
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